Judiciary Committee plans 20-witness hearing on immigration bill Monday

·Political Reporter

Senate hearings for the new bipartisan immigration bill are scheduled to resume on Monday with a marathon Judiciary Committee panel, where 20 witnesses are scheduled to attend.

While some Republicans have called for a drawn-out hearing process to examine the legislation, Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont is preparing a rapid schedule to ensure that the bill reaches the Senate floor as early as this summer. Leahy has urged lawmakers to act "quickly and decisively" on the immigration proposal.

Witnesses on both sides of the immigration debate who represent labor, business, advocacy and faith groups are scheduled to offer testimony. They include United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez; Microsoft Executive Vice President Brad Smith; Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist; Center for Immigration Studies Vice President Mark Krikorian; and Senior Pastor Champion Forest Baptist Church, Houston, Dr. David Fleming.

Critics of the bill, including committee ranking member Jeff Sessions, said the testimonies should be heard out over several hearings, instead of on a single day.

A bipartisan group of eight senators joined together on Thursday for a public rollout of the bill on Capitol Hill. The legislation aims to provide a path to legality for many of the 11 million people currently living illegally in the United States, and to invest billions of dollars in new border security measures.

On Friday, the Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on the immigration bill, which examined the economic impact of the bill.

The list of witnesses for Monday's hearing:

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing scheduled for Monday, April 22, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building is now entitled “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744.”

By order of the Chairman.

Witness List

Hearing before the
Senate Committee on the Judiciary


“The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744”

Monday, April 22, 2013
Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216
10:00 a.m.
Panel I

Arturo Rodriguez
United Farm Workers
Keene, CA

Charles Conner
President & CEO
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
Washington, DC

Alyson Eastman
Book-Ends Associates
Orwell, VT

Panel II

Megan Smith
Vermont Dept. of Tourism & Marketing
Montpelier, VT

The Honorable Jim Kolbe
Former United States Representative (R-AZ-5)
Washington, DC

Brad Smith
General Counsel and Executive Vice President
Legal and Corporate Affairs
Seattle, WA

Tamar Jacoby
President & CEO
Immigration Works USA
Washington, DC

Professor Ron Hira
Associate Professor of Public Policy
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY

Neeraj Gupta
Chief Executive Officer
Systems In Motion
Newark, CA

Grover Norquist
Americans for Tax Reform
Washington, DC

Fred Benjamin
Chief Operating Officer
Medicalodges, Inc.
Coffeyville, KS

Panel III

Gaby Pacheco
Immigrant Rights Leader
Director, Bridge Project
Miami, FL

Janet Murguía
President and CEO
National Council of La Raza
Washington, DC

Dr. David Fleming
Senior Pastor
Champion Forest Baptist Church
Houston, TX

Mark Krikorian
Executive Director
Center for Immigration Studies
Washington, DC

Laura L. Lichter, Esq.
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Denver, CO

Panel IV

Mark Shurtleff
Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP
Former Utah Attorney General
Washington, DC

The Honorable Bill Vidal
Former Mayor of Denver
President and CEO
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver
Denver, CO

Janice L. Kephart
Former Counsel, September 11 Commission
Principal, 911 Security Solutions
Washington, DC

Chris Crane
National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council 118
Of the American Federation of Government Employees
Washington, DC

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